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Best Practice Makes Perfect

A collaboration with Domino developers about how to do it and how to get it right in Domino

There was some question raised in earlier discussion about how accessible embedded views and editors are, and how one navigates into them with the keyboard. I consulted with our accessibility guru, who granted enlightenment.

  • To place the focus into any embedded element using the keyboard, tab to the element, then press Space.
  • If you choose "use tab to navigate read only documents" in user preferences (basic tab, in the list box), you don't need to be in edit mode to use tab to reach the embedded element.
  • Esc key gets focus out of the embedded element and back to the containing form or page.
  • Make sure you can actually get to the element by tabbing. If it's in the same table cell with a field, or following a rich text item which consumes tabs, there may be a problem. Arrow keys might also work, but for a person who can't see your layout, it may be a pain to have to hunt around for elements they believe are on the form. Tabbing through should ideally visit everything on the form.
  • Once you have a view entry highlighted, you can press F2 to start in-view edit.

Andre Guirard | 21 March 2008 05:09:00 AM ET | Man-Cave, Plymouth, MN, USA | Comments (3)


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1) Accessibility and the Embedded Element
Charles Robinson | 3/21/2008 9:02:51 AM

"If you choose 'use tab to navigate read only documents' in user preferences (basic tab, in the list box), you don't need to be in edit mode to use tab to reach the embedded element."

One word of warning: with this enabled you can't use Tab to navigate unread mail. Tab will take you to the Preview pane instead of the next unread message.

2) Accessibility and the Embedded Element
Patrick Kwinten | 3/21/2008 2:01:59 PM

Here is the Script library called ‘Keyboard_Functions’ used for the collapsing an embedded categorized view by default:

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3) Accessibility and the Embedded Element
Rob Goudvis | 3/25/2008 4:34:15 AM

@2) I have not tested this scriptlibrary, but you need some extra definitions to get it complied. On the site I found other people complaining about this, and they did not get any answer.

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